A long journey: the experience of writing a thesis

Every Wednesday during the month of August, the Office of Doctoral Studies will present a seminar series centred around the theme of "A long journey: the experience of writing a thesis". The presenters are our own recent graduates from higher research degrees, Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

To finish this series off, our final seminar will be a workshop facilitated by renowned Professor Brian Paltridge.

Publishing from a thesis

Date: Wednesday 29 August 2018
Time: 4-5.30pm
Venue: Room 612, Education Building A35 - NOTE different room
RSVP: No need to RSVP, just turn up on the day

To make the best of the workshop component, BRING YOUR LAPTOP.

Getting work published is increasingly important for research students. This is especially the case as the competition for entry-level academic positions increases across the world. Publications are also important when students are new in an academic position, as well as when they are seeking tenure or promotion later on in their careers. Converting a thesis into publications, however, is not a straight forward process and normally requires substantial reworking of material from the thesis. It is usually not as simple as taking a chapter from a thesis and submitting it as an article to an academic journal. The article needs to be stand-alone and able to be read and of interest to a much wider readership than that of the thesis. It is also not usually possible to publish a dissertation as a book without revising and reframing it for the broader audience of an academic book. In this seminar, I discuss matters that are important for students to be aware of as they are seeking publication of their work. This includes choosing the right journal or book publisher for their work, understanding the peer review process, and how to respond to reviews of their work.

Brian Paltridge is Professor of TESOL in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney where he teaches courses in research methods, discourse analysis, English for specific purposes, and writing for publication. His publications include Ethnographic Perspectives on Academic Writing (with Sue Starfield and Christine Tardy, Oxford University Press, 2016), Getting Published in Academic Journals (with Sue Starfield, University of Michigan Press, 2016), The Discourse of Peer Review (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), and Writing for Research Purposes (Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press, 2018). He is currently, with Sue Starfield, writing a second edition of Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language to be published by Routledge in 2020.

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